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Paula McLain

Author of The Paris Wife

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About the Author

Paula McLain was born in Fresno, California in 1965. After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System and moved in and out of foster homes for the next 14 years. She received a MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996. She is show more the author of two collections of poetry entitled Less of Her and Stumble, Gorgeous and a memoir entitled Like Family: Growing up in Other People's Houses. She has also written several novels including A Ticket to Ride, The Paris Wife, and Circling the Sun. She has published individual poems and essays in numerous journals including the Gettysburg Review, Antioch Review, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Paula McLain

The Paris Wife (2011) 6,046 copies
Circling the Sun (2015) 1,973 copies
When the Stars Go Dark (2021) 842 copies
Love and Ruin (2018) 650 copies
A Mind of Her Own (2019) 174 copies
A Ticket to Ride (2008) 144 copies
Stumble, Gorgeous (2005) 12 copies
Ash Wednesday (2022) 12 copies
Less of Her (1999) 10 copies
Something That Cannot Die (2020) 9 copies
When the Stars Go Dark (2021) 2 copies

Associated Works

The Company She Keeps (1943) — Introduction, some editions — 396 copies
Stories from Suffragette City (2020) — Contributor — 87 copies
Virago Is 40 (2013) — Contributor — 30 copies
Cleveland Noir (2023) — Contributor — 24 copies


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In “ Live and Ruin” I found it difficult to like either Martha Gelhorn or Ernest Hemingway . They both came across as self centered, egotistical, and childish. It came as no surprise their marriage was doomed. The risks Marty took as a war correspondent seemed selfish in this novel. As she was an actual person I don’t know what her life was really like but in this book I didn’t really like Martha.
Smits | 45 other reviews | Apr 3, 2024 |
The Paris Wife is the story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. They lived in Paris for most of their marriage. They were friends with many of the writers who were popular in the 1920's. Even though it is fiction the author chose to stay true to events of their lives during their marriage. For most of their time together Ernest was an unknown. He was trying to sell his first book. They lived rather simply and traveled to much of Europe. If you are interested in the Jazz Age and the writers of the 20's this would be an enjoyable read.… (more)
dara85 | 369 other reviews | Mar 12, 2024 |
Good book but the woman's flying story doesn't even come up until the last few chapters. It feels like the author wrote a book that was twice as long and the editor chopped out the last half, and then slapped the last two chapters at the end.
s_paul | 180 other reviews | Mar 3, 2024 |
Anna Hart is a detective who has returned to Mendocino, CA after a family tragedy. She had grown up there with her foster parents. Soon after she arrives back in town, a young girl is reported missing. It brings back memories of the unsolved murder of a childhood friend of Anna’s. One of her other childhood friends, Will, is now the sheriff and he enlists Anna’s help in trying to solve this case.
The kidnapping takes place in 1993 and brings in the real-life abduction of Polly Klaas. The story flip-flops between 1993, Anna’s early childhood before living with her foster parents and also her time with her foster parents and what her foster father taught her about hiking in the woods.
Will and Anna had to utilize good, old-fashioned detective skills…this was before the advanced forensics currently utilized. It was a slow burn to start but overall a good read; however, it is a difficult topic – the abduction and assault of children.
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Cathie_Dyer | 53 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |



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